Justice International demanded the Venezuelan Supreme Court, the right to peaceful demostration Featured

Caracas, June, 2017.
El Universal / Caracas.- Facing allegations of human rights violations related to student protests that intensified on February 12, lawyers Cristina Carbonell Parada, Gerardo Bello Aurrecoeche and Omar Arenas Pérez, in collaboration with Justicia Internacional, an NGO Promoter of Human Rights, filed a demand Thursday in defense of the right to peaceful demonstration, enshrined in Article 68 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The action that took place before the Constitutional Chamber of the highest organ of the Venezuelan judicial system was presented as a demand for collective and diffuse interests "in representation of the Venezuelan people, of all those who exercise the right to peaceful protest ...", said the lawyer Cristina Carbonell. The lawsuit includes demonstrative arguments of violations to the rights of peaceful demonstration, to the right to personal safety and physical integrity, to the right to due process, as well as violations related to the issue of freedom of expression. According to the plaintiffs, these violations were perpetrated by the state security bodies (the GNB, the PNB and the SEBIN) who "recurrently engaged in acts of disproportionate repression against peaceful protesters." 

The action is also aimed at denouncing the actions of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice for being "the coordinator of the security policy of the Nation", indicates the delivered document. For his part, the lawyer Omar Arenas, human rights specialist, said that the lawsuit included among the offenders the Ombudsman's Office for "omitting the defense and monitoring of the rights and guarantees established in the Constitution" and the Attorney General's Office. Republic for "repeatedly omitting the investigation of notorious cases of repression and police brutality" during the recent demonstrations. Arenas, collaborator of the NGO International Justice, stressed the importance that these organizations, with unquestionable responsibility in the field of human rights, "act in an expeditious and efficient manner". The government is obliged to "protect, protect and respect the right to exercise peaceful protest, this can not be qualified as a criminal act" Arenas concluded. The petitioners expressed their confidence that the Supreme Court will find the arguments presented admissible and with cause, and "will sanction with the urgency that the case deserves, in favor of the demonstrators," said lawyer Cristina Carbonell. The Supreme Court should proceed immediately "to restore the guarantees of the right to peaceful demonstration enshrined in the constitution in such a way that in Venezuela there is room for dissident expression and the plurality of opinions proper to democratic practice," concluded lawyer Gerardo Beautiful in your warrant to the Supreme Court of the country. For his part, Carlos Suárez, director of International Justice, highlighted the outstanding work that Human Rights NGOs at national and international level are playing in the current Venezuelan crisis. Therefore, Suárez said that "soon we will be informing the different institutions of the international justice system about this important initiative that in the area of human rights has been taken today in Venezuela."